Through the Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) Division, the Office of Economic Vitality works to help businesses grow and become competitive through outreach, training and partnerships. MWSBE is committed to providing real opportunities to minority- and women-owned businesses. View a series of interviews that profile successful MWSBE-certified businesses.
Jay Morrell and Earley’s Kitchen have been in business since 2008. Jay highlights the Office of Economic Vitality, Small Business Development Center, and Jim Moran Institute as great organizations that made doing business in Tallahassee easy. As a certified Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprise, Jay’s business has been able to land contracts and do work in and around Tallahassee.
Christi Hale Sparkman
Christi Hale Sparkman is the owner of Hale Contracting, Inc., which has been in business since 1997. Christi credits the Office of Economic Vitality and the Small Business Development Center for the continued success and growth of her business. Through these organizations, Christi was able to learn about financial services and contracting opportunities.
Chief Executive Officer of CTW Broadcasting, Inc. Carlos Wilder started his business in Tallahassee because he saw a need for high-quality multimedia. The Office of Economic Vitality has been instrumental to Carlos through their workshops, and helping his business gain knowledge and become more competitive in the Tallahassee community.
Calvin Singleton JR.
Calvin started his business in Tallahassee because he was born and raised in Tallahassee. Calvin credits the Office of Economic Vitality’s courses for teaching him about the bidding process and obtaining business loans. Calvin believes that the Office of Economic Vitality is a great first step for individuals wanting to do business in Tallahassee.